Busy day at the Western Region Environmental Centre in Wyndham Vale today. Yet another workshop which is part of the Growing Communities Complete Wyndham Food Gardener Workshops sponsored by Wyndham City Council. What a mouthful for a name! They should look at my post of acronyms and shorthand and come up with something catchy and shorter.
At no time during my journey down this path to being more self sufficient could i have imagined doing so without having my own chickens? Not only are they great composters of food scraps and garden waste but suppliers of manure, yummy organic eggs and a whole lot of entertainment. Its all Win Win Win with chooks. However, before you can consider having chickens you must consider housing them and so of course my mind has started that never ending process (seemingly) of planning the ultimate chicken coop.
Another option for those who want something more mobile is a chicken tractor. This is a smaller yard with wheels at one end and a pair of handles at the other so that you move the chooks around for fresh feed or perhaps over a finished bed to clean it up before preparing for next season. Like i said, its all win win win with chooks.
For more designs on coops and tractors, check out the gallery on this site.
The day started, as all council sponsored programs should, with Craig explaining the by-laws in Wyndham regarding the keeping of chickens. In Wyndham we are allowed 6 only that includes no roosters. Sorry boys, but if you persist in making as much noise as possible and making a nuisance of yourselves then there's no choice but to give you the chop. Can we do this with husbands and noisy teenage boys too? Only joking, my wonderful husband came with me today and was most helpful, amusing and interested.
Note that other councils have different limits so check with them first. Chicken coops also need to be 1.5m from the fence line and no higher than 2m.
Its a good idea to check with neighbours to see if there will be any objections but you will probably find that since you are not having a rooster it will be OK. In fact, mine already have their hand out for eggs. I suggest that you always be mindful of making sure that your coop is clean and that there is no odour that might offend.
Today was an exercise in repurposing an existing children's cubbyhouse situated in the middle of the back yard. Its presence has been a constant irritation to the Shoestring ladies. The vision is to create a place that can be used for educational purposes for school and community groups by demonstrating a working backyard garden that incorporates the principles of organic gardening and being eco friendly by reusing, recycling and repurposing materials.
|As you can see it is very intrusive and creates a lot of lost space.|
|Hubby sitting down on the job All Hands On Deck|
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|Wire Mesh used in the shelves of the green house also ideal for chicken coop/yard.|